Then you must be a prostitute, pimp, inmate, Klansman or gang member.
At least, according to this guy you must!
And then he wrote about it again, the second time defending himself and his article and quoting some of the letters he received in response to the first article.
Now don’t get me wrong- I have often come across contentious articles and opinions about tattoos, because as “free-thinking” or “open minded” as the world likes to think it’s becoming… tattoos STILL raise eyebrows- and I’ve learned to live with it.
I very seldom show my tattoos at work because my clients are mostly fairly conservative- and because tattoos are STILL “not professional” I wear sleeves and such. Occasionally the ones on my upper arms are visible through a chiffon sleeve and once in a blue moon I’ll wear a sleeveless blouse, but that’s about it.
Otherwise I show them in public every chance I get and its no secret I have ink, and I love my tattoos!
But this guy… this guy takes the cake, the trophy and the whole hog, bunnies! His article is titled “Disfigured skin points where culture is going” and to quote the first article:
“Just a few centuries ago, there was a culture still mired in the Stone Age, with no written language, no science, no math, no architecture, no nothing requiring thought. Its members had not even managed to invent the wheel.
That culture’s only contribution to the world was the decorative ”tatu.”
In most other parts of the ancient world, tattoos were disfigurements used only to identify criminals or slaves.
Now that Polynesians can read, use wheels, count and appreciate musical instruments other than drums, they’ve advanced to a point where most of them have abandoned tattoos.”
So right off the bat he insults the various Polynesian cultures- which include (amongst others) the Maori, Fijians, Tongans, Samoans and Hawaiians.
He goes on to say:
“No one can deny that the heaviest concentrations of tattoos occur in the lowest segments of society — prostitutes, pimps, pugs, prison inmates, Ku Klux Klansmen and the members of street and motorcycle gangs. (…) I just think responsible news media organizations should not glamorize them. What’s next? Glamorizing child molesters or kluxers?”
I think he’s pushing the envelope a little here don’t you? And to end his article, he insults the Polynesian culture again!
“In some modern cultures, influences travel from the septic bottom up. In no time at all, we’ll catch up to the Stone Age cannibals of the South Pacific.”
I read the whole article more than once- because I am admittedly biased- and I was angered by it. I also try and keep an open mind because I’m no angel myself, but this was over the top. This guy just irked me in general.
Yes he has his opinion, and he has a right to express that opinion- as does every blogger on the planet- but does he have to be such a jerk about it!!?!?